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and more transparent opd. the oakland police department is stepping up tonight and vowing for key changes to invest in the city's trust. jordan also wants the public to know that his cops are on the job and dedicated to doing the right thing. nbc bay area cheryl herd is live in oakland where transparency is the word of the evening. >> it is, indeed. keith jordan is telling me tonight that it's time to set the record straight. he says there's been so much negativity about his department in the press that he says it's time to speak out. >> the public has a right to know. >> some members of the public often criticizes oakland's police department from withholding the truth. his department is opened and transparent. >> you know, when we do something wrong, i'll be the first person to stand before you and admit that we do something wrong. >> case in point, ronald raw. his case in point murder conviction recently overturned after seven years. jordan admits mistakes were made in his department. >> jordan says he's not prepared to apologize to chow band. >> suddenly, you know, i was put all over t
. this was a long time coming. the last time the oakland police department actually had a class of new officers go through the academy, graduate, get their badge and hit the streets, that was in 2008, while oakland's crime problem keeps going up. today 38 new police officers got their badges here in oakland pinned for the first time by chief howard jordan. the numbers are sobering. right now oakland has 611 officers on the street. so this brings that number to 649. police chief howard jordan has said he'd like to have 1,000 officers helping to bring crime down. these new officers have been in the academy for about six months and will eventually be part of a new crime fighting strategy. chief jordan announced, of neighborhood policing. one of the biggest complaints is calling in a crime and not getting the reaction they hoped for. he said the new officers will help that and boost moral. >> we're not out there alone and city made a long-term commitment to staffing the department. it will help the citizens of oakland, one of the complaints we generally get is the response time, how long it takes for
, an accountant in san leandro realized he was on oakland's most wanted list. it was a mistake, but he had to pay the price. what happened next sent the accountant into hiding. >> suddenly i was put all over the tv, the internet, and i was scared and nervous for my life. >> oakland police mistakenly connected him to a gang shooting. van eventually came forward but spent three days in jail before being released with an apology. his photo and name, however, remained on the most wanted list for six months. today he filed a lawsuit and asked the department to work aggressively to clear his name. the oakland city attorney had no comment pending an investigation. >>> and big changes, a demand for more transparency at the silicon valley restaurants, major flaws have been exposed. >> reporter: right now, silicon valley restaurants are not graded or scored and they don't have to publicly post their inspection reports. last month, we uncovered how the system and restaurants are failing to provide diners with clear information. today, the board agreed. calling for major change. >> is there any sort of short
oakland woman is asking for your help to find her. they are canvassing parts of oakland and also san francisco as we speak trying to find anyone who may know where she is. nbc bay area's christie smith in oakland on the latest search efforts. good morning. >> good morning to you, marla. friends say this is totally out of character for erica maskaleris. they say she wouldn't be gone this long without contacting someone if something wasn't seriously long. they handed out flyers but the family is trying to get help from the oakland police department to try and bring the 31-year-old back home. friends and volunteers handed out flyers at the macarthur bart station in oakland, bus. last seen going out for a job. security camera spotted her around 8:00. sheaves 5'3", 220. her family said she jogged regularly after she lost her husband to cancer last year. she owns an ip company and lives in oakland. her mom told me one of her last computer searches did involve a park in san francisco. >> we're thinking one way she was out jogging, came to bart and went to the city and maybe folks saw her th
oakland, berkeley, and three other cities in the bay area today. the flags are waves as the supreme court justices hear arguments for and against same-sex marriage. >> i think it's an important decision, and it's a part of history and evolution of our society. so it's something that i definitely support. >> reporter: the support for gay marriage is overwhelming in much of the bay area. for people like charles, who was married in san francisco in 2008 -- >> even my husband's even cried over it. it's just awful. and it's just not fair. >> reporter: fairness and equality is what he is looking for from a supreme court decision. >> i've been with my husband, it'll be 18 years in august. if anybody tells me that my marriage is any less than a heterosexual marriage, i'd disagree completely. just look at my life. >> reporter: protectmarriage.com is one of the groups who fought hard for proposition 8 in 2008 banning gay marriage. the push for prop 8 started after some 4,000 same-sex couples flooded san francisco's city hall to tie the knot in 2004. in a statement released today, the group sa
into sippy cups. >> two heavyweights in oakland politics are denying some serious accusations tonight. long time council members are accused of misconduct. were they caught red handed or is this a case of dirty politics. cheryl, how did the council members respond? >> reporter: well, the council -- both council members are denying the allegations. but they say it's important to note that these allegations are inside this report. no charges have been filed. now, this report is now with the district attorney's office. but, the allegations are serious. >> there is no justifiable reason to break the law. >> courtney ruby says they've been breaking the law by directing staff to push a $2 million demolition contract at the oakland army base toward turner group construction. >> the hotline that we operate, we've received tips that individuals are concerned of council member interference. >> the report claims of 14 instances of interference. council member brooks violated the charter 12 times. reid, one time. the report says there was one other violation by one of his staff members. >> i don't blam
san jose to san francisco. can't rule out a bit of drizzle back for oakland. two things we are watching. the first one is colder weather as head into tonight and tomorrow morning. temperatures dropping to the 30s up into the north bay. and the other thing that we are monitoring is a weekend forecast. going to be changing. we will talk about the warm weather and how high the temperatures will go coming up in the full forecast. >>> estimated 9,000 people in san jose are affiliated with a gang and one of them may be responsible for the city's latest shooting, a teenager shot on the east sietd. the san jose community is getting creative on how to stop this rising violence. among the ideas, a change of clothing. kris sanchez joins us with ideas that other cities could possibly use. >> reporter: hi, there. for the last two years san jose police say that the number of gang homicides have accounted for about half of all of the homicides in the city of san jose. a crime prevention and a gang prevention expert says that is only half of the story. all quiet near fischer middle school
is in charge? it's a well-kept secret, but a federal judge is named a compliance director. oakland is also bringing in police chief bill brat on. here is nbc bay area from oakland. >> 42 members at the police academy got to see from the chief how to help oakland become a safer city. >> it's a goods way to see what police officers do for them. >> what are they see are hired consultants trying to take over the department run by a chief who makes $257,000 a year and administrator who makes $282,000. the good news is homicides are down in the first quarter of the year by 24%. that seems not to be enough. former lapd chief bill brat on is in town and the city hired him to help oakland come up with ways to get rid of violence on the city streets. brat on and the chief and he had a number of people on the team. . >> they had a court-ordered monitor and a judge issued an order to hire tom phrase rer to oversee the department which has been struggling to comply since 2000. >> what's disturbing to me is not knowing with all the disturbance going on in the city, now we don't know if our chief will be
federal grant to create a task force of sheriff's deputies, oakland police and the chp to help make up for oakland's under staffed department and get a handle on criminals creating problems throughout the region. >> criminals in oakland just don't stay in oakland. they use the 880 corridor to go in and out of other cities. >> they have the crime problem but it's the criminals don't recognize borders. >> reporter: police chief ken james says 95% of emeryville crime is committed by people of other cities, often oakland. >> if we need extra help for a problem area, there are 90 experienced officers we can call on to give us a hand. i can't think of any chief that would say this is a bad idea. >> reporter: he says he will have his team ready to spear head the effort. >> we think that if we can have a direct approach on targeted areas we will be successful. >> reporter: congress woman barbara lee is behind the plan and she is doing her best to secure the federal funds. he would like to get the task force on the street right away realistically he says it will take at least a year and a half
gold artifact stolen from the oakland museum is back. police returned that artifact shown here, a jewelry box, to the museum today. the box is worth about $800,000. it was stolen in january. investigators say on sunday they arrest this had man, a parolee andre franklin, and they found evidence on him that linked him not only to the burglary in january but also to another burglary in november of last year. franklin has been charged in both crimes. the museum has said it made internal changes to protect its valuables. >> we have really worked tirelessly for about four months to improve and are still working to make sure that is -- that everything we can do is in place. >> police are still searching for a few items that were stolen including two pistols and some gold nuggets. >> a semiautomatic rifle like this one stole friend an unmarked san francisco police car found across the bay. oakland officers traced the ar-15 to a house on the 1300 block. several people were detained but no one arrested. they are still trying to figure out how the rifle taken from the patrol car on saturd
bay area news. >>> oakland mayor jean kwan is apologizing for a class on how to pick locks. when she supported a lock picking class, it didn't go overwhelm with a city that burglaries spiked 40% last year. the mayor said she'll do a better job reviewing listings in the future. >>> the agency's board of directors decided to adopt boosting fees based on bhanldz. an average one-way fare will go up 19 cents starting in january. in oakland, it's a $5 flat rate. some parking rate also go up as early as april. others follow in about a year. >> now to an follow. the city of san jose is set to clear out a massive homeless encampment. we brought you the story about this. the cleanup will take place a week from tomorrow. at least 100 people are living in that makeshift tent city on spring street between taylor and heading street. each day, cleanup cost san jose between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the size of the encampment. >>> a followup to a story we brought you yesterday. the huge sinkhole caused by a water main break in san francisco. it's been filled. at least six homes are yellow tag
discovered programs in place at most of the nation's major airports. including sfo, oakland and san jose, where airport specialists can shoot and kill birds that pose a risk of colliding with aircraft taking off or landing. >> as soon as we are finding planes and birds are flying, there will be a conflict. >> a qualified biologist, he serves as a wild life biologist with the fish and wild life service in sacramento. they issue permits to shoot and kill birds but only after everything else has failed to scare off the birds. >> when dealing with a bird. we want lethal removal to the the last option t we want it to be a direct threat to human health and safety. >> at sfo, there's been 211 bird collisions in the last two years, up significantly. and in oakland international. 115 and where just this january, they began using live ammunition to shoot birds the faa recorded 114 collisions, down from the previous two years. >>> and during the first month and a half of the program. wild life officers killed a dozen birds at sjc and in oakland, they report shoots less than 100 a month, or 1200 bir
220 pounds. she was last seen walking on 34th and telegraph on oakland. she's been having a tough time since her husband died last year. a $1,000 reward is offered for her safe return. anyone with information, call the oakland police department. >>> an under cover operation led to six women under prostitution charges. cops met the women at various motels. they were arrested. the suspects from from oakland, san jose and vallejo. their ages range from 18 to 46. >>> three people dead and one fighting for her death. it happened on the 100 block of eastmoor avenue. monty francis is there with an update on the investigation. >> good evening. we are told by a family friend the three people killed are all part of the same family, a mother and her two sons, ages 16 and 23. the fourth person in the car is a girlfriend of one of the sons. she's listed in critical condition. there's a considerable amount of debris here in the road along with flowers and candles left in memory of the victims. the red car was parked here, making a u-turn from the parking spot when a bmw came speeding down the street
was hurt. he is now recovering at the children's hospital oakland. if you say anything strange in the area, you are edge couraged to contact antioch police. >>> and as we mentioned this is the third time this week that a child has been shot and hospitalized in the east bay. a 10-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet in oakland and a 1-year-old was shot in the neck, both are out of the hospital and recovering. a suspect in a deadly shooting in the east bay was arrested. he is accused of firing shots near the bus zone at the bayfair bart station killing an innocent bi stander waiting for a bus. yesterday, a unit on patrol in east oakland spotted him and took him into custody. >>> you now to storm watch, the rain has moved in and sos that lightening and thunder. this is video of east of san jose, we slowed down the video and you can see how far that lighten traveled. pretty incredible. >> yeah, to watch the lightening crawl across the base of the cloud. we had cloud to cloud lightening and cloud to ground lightening. can see the light -- you can see the lightening over to the east, a lot of li
. oakland police did confirm for us the missing persons case but they would not provide an update on the investigation and, of course, if you can help locator rick a, you're asked to call the oakland police. live in oakland tonight, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. >>> oakland police are also looking for witnesses to an overnight shooting that left a man from san francisco dead. police say the victim was driving an aston martin in the old town neighborhood at 3:00 this morning when someone in another car shot at him. the victim drove a few more block where's he apparently got out of the car and collapsed. that's a dpu few blocks from the oakland police headquarters. >>> people in the coastal town of santa cruz are paying tribute to the officers killed in the line of duty last week. people signed up for an 18-mile memorial bike ride. in a community still reeling from the killings it's one of the many local tributes to honor baker and butler. >> everybody came together for, you know, for one reason and it's to honor those who serve and those who have been lost, you know, while servi
extensive parachute training. >>> oakland police are redeveloping photos of a bank robbery hoping the public can help identify the suspect. just before noon on tuesday this man approached a teller at a bank on harrison street and demanded money. after the robbery he ran off and was seen walking in the area of 20th and wester streets. he's described as in his 40s with a shaved head and a thin mustache. now to an be nbc bay area follow-up. controversial singer michelle shock turned her show into a protest performance in santa cruz last night. she staged a sit-in wearing a mask across her mouth with the message silenced by fear. the santa cruz club mo's ally canceled after a performance in san fr san francisco earlier this month. the jazz club turned off her mike after the crowd became angry with her anti-gay statement. she wouldn't answer questions last night instead inviting bystanders to sign her white jump shoot. earlier on twitter she called it an art project. >> you may not recognize him by name but chances are you know vic stevenson's song called "you're still a young man." >> stevens wa
. will it help in oakland and san francisco? >> and remembering the rock, 50 years ago today, alcatraz officially closed. we'll catch up to a photographer that was there on that day. we'll be right back. >>> exactly 50 years ago today, the last prisoners left all can't -- alcatraz. >> it once housed famous people, such as the bird man. what is being done to mark the historic day. >> reporter: the old walls of alcatraz island, to many, an historic playground, drawing many visitors throughout the year. but he remembers the place he worked, called home. >> well, i was here seven years, and my sons were born while we were here. >> reporter: he worked as a guard, during the days when it was still a working prison. you can hear the sounds of the inmates. >> maybe they were upset about something, and they would grab all of their steel beds, let them drop down, when you get 300 beds dropping down at the same time. it is earth-shaking. >> reporter: just as vivid as the day exactly 50 years ago when alcatraz closed for good. >> i felt terrible that last day, though, knowing that this was it. when i saw tha
the safety of a popular street festival in oakland answered tonight. thousands of people did show up for the first friday arts festival. according to police and city leaders the celebration can go on in spite of the deadly shooting last month. nbc bay area's jean elle where the cleanup is under way. >> reporter: the oakland police department said so far so good, jessica. thousands of artists and art lovers turned telegraph avenue into a giant street party tonight all while making a point of remembering recent violence. >> put your peace signs up. >> reporter: a call for peace in oakland after a deadly shooting following last month's event. >> it really impacted the way people brought themselves. >> reporter: the violent didn't scare them away. art lovers gathered into rock, paper scissors. the creative spirit is thriving in a city struggling with violence. >> it's important to keep the optimism going but also to be mindful of what happened in the past. >> reporter: hoping to prevent trouble, oakland police officers made their presence known. event organizers reduced the size of the s
to oakland. what a day. cities are coming out strong in support of same-sex marriage. oakland is next. that's why we came here. in about 45 minutes, they are going to raise a rainbow flag at city hall to fly on the days when the court reviews prop 8 and defense of marriage act. one east bay councilmember thinks it will send a strong message. >> the rainbow flag went up the pole near city hall in berkeley this morning proudly. >> we have five cities all unified in sending a message of support and encouragement to the lgbt community and to state people who believe in equality as well. >> reporter: as the u.s. supreme court considers california's ban on same-sex marriage, prop 8. councilmember chris worthington recalls berkeley's long-standing support for marriage equality. >> during '96 and '97, the city of berkeley had some of the same kind of discussion that's going on all over the country in the last couple of years. so i guess berkeley was about 16 or 17 years ahead of our time. >> it's an historic day. i've been working towards lgbt rights onfor a long time. >> judy is on the school boar
:00. reporting live in oakland, kristi smith, nbc bay area news. >>> new video into the newsroom now where the scene of an accident where a garbage truck hit a grandmother and a 7-year-old girl. this happened in san francisco along the embarcadero near broadway around 7:00 this morning. the girl was put inside an ambulance with her leg in a splint and her neck in a brace. the grandmother was also taken to the hospital. their injuries are considered to be nonlight threatening, though. police cleared the scene within an hour. about 20 people are without a home this morning after an overnight fire ripped through their apartment building. this all happened in the bay view district at 3rd and mckinnon. take a look at these flames. officials say the fire kept spreading and just became too tough to contain because of how close the buildings are. it took crews a few hours to finally control the fire. neighbors say an explosion woke them up about 1:00 a.m. >> i went to the front room and i seen the fire trucks. i went to my son's bedroom, which is in the middle. i seen all these flames bell owing t
. look at san francisco and oakland. this is mainly a south bay and santa cruz rain event. notice the areas of yellow and orange still from officially areas down toward san jose and down toward the southwest. all of these locations picking up about a third of an inch of rain. livermore seeing some snow. it's pretty interesting about this moisture. it's going east to west. if you're going to travel to los angeles tomorrow, that might get shut down. so for the bay area, hour by hour, we'll see widespread moderate rain transitioning to some skaterred showers. i still think areas around san jose and river more may see a few showers earlier in the rain. things are clearing out and warming up big time for the weekend. >> it was an emotional good-bye today for those two fae fallen police officers. >> it was a powerful day filled with tears, a little laughter and respect. we were reminded of the the thin, blue line that sprats criminals from police officers. and that a little positive impact can go a long way. >> the flag-draped coffins were placed by two police cars. governor brown and c
details now in the case of a missing oakland woman. friends and family hope surveillance video will help find her. this shows the 31-year-old power walking along the sidewalk on the corner of 34th and telegraph last thursday morning. friends and family say they haven't seen or heard from her since. she had a ticket to fly to dallas on friday morning to intend the weekend visiting her brother. instead, her brother flew here to oakland to help search for her. >> i just want to know where she, you know? she's my sister. we're so close. she's my best friend in the whole world, you know? i love her so much. >> late this afternoon, police told us that she was spotted in west oakland after her purported disappearance. police also say they are not asking for the media's help, would not say why. >>> a man is now facing murder charges in connection with saturday's deadly crash that took three lives in daily city. 28-year-old dennis macedo slammed his car into another vehicle on a residential street just west of interstate 280. police say he was racing away from another hit-and-run crash involving
to apply for $100 for each day he was wrongfully incarcerated. last year, ronald ross of oakland was also freed. >>> new details in the case of the disgraced bay area supervisor, he already pleaded guilty and agreed to admit he used campaign funds. we received a tip from a san jose county clerk. a possible forged signature on a campaign form. he served two terms as a san jose city councilman. and a local school board before becoming supervisor. >>> the city's ninth homicide of e year and a third in less than a week. the latest shooting happened around 4:30 this morning at capital and mersa. the man died on that drive way. arrests have been made and police have not released the suspect's description. >>> a sunnyvale man is facing homicide charges tonight. 28-year-old dennis muceda plowed his car into another car saturday night. police believe he was racing away from a hit and run crash when he caused the deadly accident. a woman and her two sons, ages 14 and 23 were all killed. the adult's girlfriend was also in the car and remains hospitalized tonight. detectives are trying to determine i
the week with her brother. instead he has flown to oakland to look for her. >> right now we should be in dallas. we should be, you know, going to a museum or driving to austin. and she had every plan of doing that. she was looking forward to it and i was looking forward to it. >> reporter: friends from her church have been plastering flyers up all over town. gene says they usually phone or text each other nearly daily. >> i'm worried sick. i'm just beside myself. i'm sick with worry. she is funny. she's smart. she is creative. she's wonderful and we miss her. we are just at a loss without her. >> she owns an i.t. consulting company based in oakland lost her husband to cancer last year but friends and family say she was learning to find happiness with how her life was moving on. they just want to know she is safe. >> i just want to know where she is. she is my sister. we are so close. she is my best friend in the whole world. i love her so much. >> reporter: and we are back here live. these fliers are plastered up all over the neighborhood. police informed us that the missing woman
a woman being robbed on her doorstep in oakland. tonight police are hoping the video helps them track down other victims. take a look. scary situation. this happened back on february 6 near the corner of east 17th and 20th avenue. investigators say they linked the robbery to the case gang, a notorious street gang accused of some of oakland's most violent crime. it just so happened officers arrested 18 suspected gang members and seized 11 firearms during a series of early morning raids today. it's unclear if any of those arrested were linked to this robbery. >>> he took to twitter to try to clear the air following his arrest. tonight mc hammer took to twitter again, this time to announce he is in the clear. he tweeted thank you to all my friends and supporters. all charges declined, dropped. have a great weekend. the local music legend was arrested last month in dublin on charges of resisting an officer. the alameda county sheriff's office says hammer was in a car that was not registered to him and the registration had expired. hammer claims the first words out of the officer's mouth were,
of schools in oakland from 1999 to 2005. but the batting cages and the video game center here in san leandro, well, i spoke with a business owner next door and here's what he had to say. >> mostly evenings and mornings. but, again, there's usually kids working there. they have kids working there also. teenage teenagers. i've been in there. young high school kids are working in there. but never seen a gentleman. seems pretty dead sometimes and it's packed during the nighttime hours. it's a shock to me. this is insane. >> reporter: he tells me it's been quiet here since the news broke. investigators are not saying whether the victims may have played baseball or not, to protect their identity. a spokesperson for the diocese of oakland this morning which overseas bishop o'dowd high school says he was a part-time contract coach, not on staff, which means he would have had no other classes on campus where he ran into students. he was just there basically for the games and for practices. and they tell me they're still trying to gather a little bit of information. but he would have passed a backgrou
shooting and fiery crash on the las vegas strip that killed an oakland rapper. 26-year-old lamar harris was arrested in north hollywood. the self-professed pimp was charged with three counts of murder. investigators say harris fired shots at a maserati killing oakland rapper den ethicherry and then crashed into a cab killing both people inside. >>> false claims, serious impacts. today u.c. santa cruz police said the report of a rape on campus was a hoax. the u.s. coast guard is also investigating a possible hoax after receiving a distress call from a sinking sailboat off the coast of monterey. tonight, we look at the real con scenes of these -- consequences of these reports. >> reporter: january 25, cupertino middle school was placed on lockdown after a student reported seeing a gunman on campus. the s.w.a.t. team and dozens of other officers respond while students, some locked in closets, waited in fear for hours. turns out the student made up the story. also in january, san jose mother jennifer arroyo reported a man tried to snatch her 3-year-old daughter from her arms. more than 60 p
old, and 6 feet tall with a thin build driving a silver four-door vehicle. >>> oakland miss this evening are trying to sort out the details of the a nine-hour standoff following a deadly shooting in the fruitvale district. around 1:30 this morning, two shooting victims showed up at an oakland hospital, one of them a 27-year-old man later died. police traced the shooting back to a husband on 25th avenue in international boulevard, and that started a standoff between police and people in the home that lasted until 11:30 this morning. investigators then took several people who were in the home to the station for questioning. >> there were a number of people in the home that the home when we got here we evacuated. they're out. we're trying to find out who was involved and what their actual role was. >> police arrested one man from the home on suspicion of murder. the second shooting victim is still in the hospital tonight in serious condition. >>> a large plume of smoke could be seen across much of the east bay today. it was due to a fire on sherman island north of antioch. the
for wednesday and thursday. 48 right now in santa rosa. 49 in san francisco. east bay, oakland, 52. the south bay, san jose at 50 degrees. you may have heard but this has been a driest year on record across the bay. ever. since records have been kept, since 184. for all of these cities here, napa, oakland, san francisco, livermore, santa cruz. the driest ever starts to a year. we are expecting rain to head our way towards tuesday. rainfall amounts will be quarter of an inch to 3/4 of an inch. again, this is going to be the most rain we've seen all year long. we desperately need it now in an abnormal drought declared by the climate prediction center. the rain will move through. tuesday, really midday in the north bay. you get into the afternoon hours. starts to spread into san francisco, oakland, and into san mateo. this is tuesday afternoon and evening. once we get into wednesday we're just talking a a good wide spread soaking really for everybody. again, this is desperately needed rain across the bay area. we've been very dry. really january and february. we're expecting maybe a quarter of a
orientation in california. >> reporter: today the rainbow flag was raised in oakland and several other cities in the bay area, as a sign of solidarity with those who want proposition 8 overturned. it appears there's no shortage of support for same-sex couples here in the bay area. >> doesn't hurt anybody. it does the opposite of hurting people. >> i think people have the right to love who they love. >> reporter: protectmarriage.com is one of the groups who pushed voters to approve proposition 8 in 2008 banning gay marriage, after some 4,000 same-sex couples flooded san francisco's city hall to tie the knot in 2004. in a statement released today, the group says we are confident that the case we presented today will affirm that same-sex marriage is but a social experiment that needs no special protection by or recognition from the united states supreme court. alicia hampton and t.c. everett strongly disagrees with that. everett proposed to hampton three years ago and hope the supreme court rules in their favor. >> if anything were to happen, heaven forbid that one of us had to go in the hospita
than five years. >>> and the man now charged with keeping the oakland police department in line. >>> right now let's give you an early morning look at sfo. that's from our trusty san bruno cam on a tuesday, march 5th. this is "today in the bay." >>> it is 4:30. almost 4:31. good morning. i'm jon kelley. >> i'm marla tellez in for laura garcia-cannon. let's get a look at the forecast in for christina loren. good morning. >> good morning. off to a quiet start right now. a little chilly in parts of the bay area. some 30s and 40s this morning. a little bit cooler than yesterday as the skies have cleared in parts of the north bay. not much wind right now except in the hilltops. that will change later this afternoon as we watch clouds spilling in during the day. rain picking up after sundown tonight and gusty winds up to 30 miles per hour approaching the evening. today upper 50s to low 60s for highs. the bottom line is for your morning commute, the weather is looking okay for now. let's find out if things are looking okay otherwise with mike. >> because of the weather looking okay and
mostly in the 50s and santa rosa jumping in the 50s. and down to 51 in livermore. through oakland and down towards sfo, the gusts are close to 40 miles an hour. 35 winds in novato, we should see the wind speeds come in. a slight risk of one more chance of showers and we will show you where coming up in our future cast, and hour by hour forecast. tomorrow, will be continued clearing, dry, gusty in the hills and then the headline, sunday into next week, warming temperatures we should see plenty of 70s in the forecast. right now, the radar is relatively dry, if you look off to the east, it's still snowing good there in the sierra a. that is great news. you have seen two feet of fresh powder in the sierra. you will see more tonight until midnight. once it's past midnight, travel to the high country is g we will have chain controls up tonight, through the weekend, if you want to check out the snow, driving conditions should be nice. watch the area east of san jose and santa cruise mountains. it will shut down by the time you wake up tomorrow morning as we look for clearing skies and a
oakland, property crimes up 24%, while fremont in san francisco went up 13% again in just one year. now, we haven't heard back from san jose police today and we consistently heard from the department that they are tied it up and have to prioritize the high volume of calls and can't get certain events or things like home break-ins. at 6:00 tonight, there is something the police department told her husband to do that angered her. again, we will hear from her at 6:00. live in east san jose, stephanie trang, nbc bay area news. >> stephanie, thank you. >>> the fresno animal park where a lion killed a 24-year-old woman four days ago is back open today. the park is called cat i haveness and the board president had the blessing from the victim's family to reopen. diana hanson was an intern at the park and her mother says she would have wanted the work to continue. she was mauled on wednesday when she was cleaning a cable. the gate to the lions' enclosure was not entirely close and the lion opened that gate and attacked hanson. >>> cal state university system is opening an innovative approach to
collisions between birds and airplanes the last two years, up significant lit previous two years. at oakland international 115. mineta san jose international, just this january they began using live a mission to shoot birds, the faa officially recorded 114 collisions between birds and planes, dune from the previous two years. during the first half of the program, wildlife officers killed a dozen birds at sjc. at oakland international, where they have been shooting birds a decade, they report shooting less than 100 a month, or about 1200 bared year. -- 1200 birds a year. >> i think there are other ways to keep birds out of the intake of jet airplanes. >> reporter: the n her general had questions of its own about this wildlife mitigation program, this report last august, the faa does not oversee wildlife adequately, does not conduct robust inspections of the program at airports and does not ensure that airports fully adhere to program requirements. for its part, the faa says it has adopted the majority of the ig's recommendations i and will continue to make improvements in the wildlife program
: here is oakland's creative growth, a nonprofit art center for the disabled -- a free program for people with all levels of talent given a chance to express themselves in a world where that isn't always easy. >> they have been seen as being outside of society. so if you bring them into a context and say, tell me your life, tell me your story and they do it through art it's amazing what opens up. >> these are my paintings. >> reporter: william scott's work is also in the collections of top museums. >> i taught myself how to paint. i taught myself. >> he has a beautiful soul. he wants to change the world. >> reporter: in many ways his art has changed his reality. a man with autism who, doctors said, had little chance to ever make a living. how much would this sell for? >> this would be probably a $4,000 painting. >> reporter: artists here are offered half the sale price. the rest goes back into the brushes, fabric and paint they use. but many like dan and kara miller choose to have all proceeds go to creative growth. >> this is a godsend. this place is, i think, very important to him and h
to police, officials collected 339 weapons. >>> dozens of occupy oakland protesters took to the street, not to occupy but vandalize, 50 protesters vandalized atms at five banks and shattered a large window at the oakland tribune tower. there is no word of any arrests. >>> in sunnyvale, firefighters responded to a business park near sobrante way. they were shooti one office was destroyed and two nearby were damaged. no one was hurt, they are working to determine the cause. >>> thousands of journal iflts and media workers have been in rome covering the conclave and today some had a chance to meet the pontiff. here's more. >> reporter: the line stretched for blocks. thousands of journalists allowed inside the gates of the vatican for the pope's first audience with the media. pope francis spoke for 20 minutes at times straying from his notes but never his message. saying how i wish a poor church for the poor. >> this man is saying, tour the poor and works of peace and mentioned that today, francis is a great figure of peace. i think all of that is terrific. >> reporter: the crowd laughed a
atms at at least five banks, shattered a large window pain at the former home of the oakland tribune. no word on any arrests. >>> next at 6:00, president obama is returning to the bay area for the first time since winning re-election. we'll let you know when and where and why, coming up. >>> the pope faces the media for the first time since being elected pope. he explains why he chose the name francis. >>> a first for san francisco. a cruise ship calling the city home. we'll hear from the passengers taking part in this inaugural trip. >>> the white house announced the president is planning to visit the bay area april 3rd and 4th. it's his first visit since re-election. this time, the fund-raiser is held in san francisco with house majority leader, nancy pelosi. they are holding a brunch fund-raiser at two private homes. the lunch is at john goldman's home. the more intimate one is at a venture capitalists home in the valley. >>> it may be too early to talk about the 2016 race. in washington, d.c., they wrapped things up with a 2016 presidential straw poll. the winner is kentucky sena
legislation to create a 25-foot buffer zone around the planned parenthood facility. >>> the oakland police department is rolling out a new way to fight crime. the department's chief is talking about a plan to redistrict by switching from current format to two police districts to one which would consi ifist of five smaller districts. the first subdistrict would be in east oakland and in place by this saturday. each district managed by two police captains who are responsible for community outreach and officer deployment. >> going to neighborhood policing where captains are in charge of a smaller more manageab manageable geographic area. >> the goal is to better manage the city's limited resources and more aggressively address high crime areas. >>> carrying a messaged a the mail. postal workers protested in san francisco today. they rallied outside of a convention hosted by their employer. protesters are concerned about cuts to service which could ultimately lead to an end of the postal service. the post master general was attending the forum. it's a convention that got criticism lately becau
another oakland rapper kenny clutch. >>> in health matters, for the first time in five years we're seeing a dramatic increase in the number of autism cases. based on parent reports from last year, 1 in 50 school aged children was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. five years ago that was 1 in 86 kids. autism can be identified in children as young as 18 months old. kids with milder symptoms may not be diagnosed until school aged. increases were greatest amongst boys. >>> it appears the genetically engineered salmon will not be swimming in. whole foods and trader joes says they won't sell the fish. the salmon is said to be nearing approval by the food and drug administration. the developer says it's completely safe to eat. the only difference is genetically engineered fish can grow twice as fast as regular salmon. >>> okay. let's bring in our chief meteorologist jeff raranieri. we're talking rain, allergies, and sunshine. our friend is dying here. >> are you blaming it on me? >> no. mother nature, of course. >> we'll get sunshine in there. eventually by this weekend the rainfall ov
was injured. the suspect has not been identified. >>> blowing the whistle. oakland rapper too short was arrested at 3:00 in the morning in los angeles for suspicion of drunk driving and drug possession. lapd says the rapper briefly tried to run from cops. last month, he posted a statement on his facebook page dispelling rumors he was connected to a shooting on the vegas strip. >>> crews are installing four-ton steel plates to shore up b.a.r.t.'s transbay tube, the latest in a series of earthquake safety improvements. the work will last for 14 months. the construction site will be set up and dismantled every day to make shoom for the commute. >>> google employees may have been exposed to toxic fumes for months according to a new report. the buildings involved are leased by google and sit directly on top of the super fund site known as the mew plume. our investigation unit found the plumes found in the homes. this latest report details how, from mid november through mid january high levels of tce were found in the air inside of google buildings. all because workers disabled the comple
't discovered how she got them. >>> two oakland city council members, they say, illegally interfered with the bidding process of a major construction contract. they accuse them of working with the turner group construction on a $2 million demolition project at the open army base. the vice president has close ties with brooks and reid. it ultimately locked out on the contract when the city administrator ordered a competitive bidding process. both council members are denying any wrongdoing. >>> happening now, thousands of people have descended on san jose, the hp pavilion hosting the ncaa tournament bringing lots of excitement and money into the city. lauren scott is live outside the hp pavilion with all the hoopla. >> reporter: how are you doing. a complete college hoops feast here today. you think back to the last time that the tournament was here in san jose, was 2010. we saw great games. we saw butler, who went on to the national championship game. we saw murray state knocking out vanderbilt in the last seconds. today, fans from all around the country descending here upon san jose.
police officers are ready to hit the streets in oakland. they're among the first new recruits in nearly 5 years. that brings the number of sworn officers to 649. the chief says that's a good start, but oakland needs more. >> that's a step in the right direction. we need a thousand offers. we're more than half way there. we keep finding the way to fund this department and provide the resources necessary, i think we're definitely on the right track. >> more officers are coming. there's a new police academy beginning on monday and then another one in six months. >>> a campbell couple had its plan all ready to go. little soleil valentina murphy was born tuesday in the family car. her parents planned the natural, drug-free birth and wanted to wait at home as long as possible before going to the hospital. but they waited just a bit too long. they had to pull over and dad tliferred. >> i don't know what i would have done in a situation where somebody is in that much pain and i'm trying to help them. so my husband is awesome. i couldn't ask for a better partner. >> you want to give her a kiss? co
why a man was walking on a freeway in oakland overnight. he was hit and killed. it happened on eastbound 580. the three right lanes were blocked for several hours while investigators within 0 the scene. police say the man may have been trying to run across the lanes or may have fallen from a nearby overpass. >>> san francisco police arrested 11 people today for vandalism. a tip from a neighbor led police to the arrests at 3:00 this morning near seventh street. police arrested ten adults and a juvenile who was cited and released to his parents. the group had backpacks filled with 52 cans of spray paint, large markers and pens. police say the suspects will be charged with felony value dalism and felony conspire sis. >>> obama care supporters gathered in san francisco today to celebrate the third anniversary of the historic bill signed by the president. the get together celebrating the affordable care ability took place at a farmer's market. organizing for action volunteers were on hand to explain what's on the bill and the timeline for when different pieces take effect. >> wel
of flying the flag in oakland, berkeley or san leandro is to try to change the supreme court's mind. it's to give encouragement and support to people that believe in marriage equality. >> reporter: it makes sense for support to come from the city of berkeley. two of the plaintiffs in the case to overturn prop 8 are berkeley residents. >> i think the more people talk about it, and the more they know somebody who is openly gay or lesbian, the more that it sort of stops being an idea. >> reporter: across the bay, san francisco has long been considered the epicenter of gay marriage. we want equality in prop 8 signs are posted in the castro to publicize tonight's march from market and castro to city hall. >> what we wanted to do is support the president and say to the supreme court and america is listening and america is asking for equal rights. >> reporter: brian willingham and his husband were legally married in new york and now live in california. they are having immigration issues because their marriage is not recognized by the federal government or california. the supreme court ruling o
, nbc news. >> oakland investigators are hoping surveillance video who help to find a man who attempted to rape and kidnap a young girl. the 9-year-old girl was playing when the suspect grabbed her and sexually assaulted her and threatened to kidnap her, police say. investigators believe the same man atemplted to abduct the child last year. there is a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. >>> tonight, the waiting game is under way. for 80 minutes, the supreme court justices heard arguments for and against prop 8. that's california's ban on gay marriage. chief justice roberts raised concerns about the court delivering a sweeping change that would impact marriages in all 50 states. prop 8 supporters argued what they called the traditional notion of marriage and what they say is its primary intent. children. >> and it will refocus, refocus the purpose of marriage and the definition of marriage away from the raising of children. >> if both the woman and the man are over the age of 55, they're not a lot of children coming out of that marriage. >> now, as you heard, there was so
. >>> not guilty, that's the plea from the san jose man accused of trying to bomb an oakland bank as part of a plot. matthew faces federal charges for allegedly trying to bomb a bank of america branch in oakland last month. police say they arrested him just after he tried to detonate the bomb. a bomb he did not realize was fake. it was created under the supervision of an undercover fbi age agent. if convicted, he faces life in prison. >>> a new proposal was introduced today. mark leno draft add bill that would require both san francisco and san mateo counties to pass a resolution before a gun show could be held at the cal palace or another county venue. t this isn't the first attempt. then governor sthaeg schwarzenegger vetoed a similar b ban. >>> san jose mayor chuck reid says improving public safety is a top priority as his city's finances improve. he released his march budget message n. it he explained what he wants to do with the limited amount of new funding available in the upcoming budget cycle. among his recommendation, he wants to increase the number of police officers and firefighters on
. >>> this just in, oakland police wrapping up a major sting operation, arresting at least a dozen people believed to be responsible for a list of shootings and homicides. police cruisers and s.w.a.t. vehicles lining the streets of neighborhoods this morning as police and other law enforcement agencies serve search warrants. the raid started before dawn. and authorities say they arrested a total of 12 people and seized one ak-47. oakland police chief howard jordan says the efforts have required a lot of teamwork. >> in addition to all of our federal, state and local partners that have joined us today, we have commitments from them to be here as long as necessary so that they can help us reduce violent crime in oakland. >> police say their work is not done. they're still looking for seven more suspects who are expecting to learn more in a press conference coming up expected to happen at 11:00 this morning. >>> in the south bay a large homeless encampment is being forced to move out this morning. police and city crews showed up a couple hours ago to start cleaning up the area. but many people who we
. >>> also the man accused of shooting an oakland rapper on the las vegas strip which ultimately caused a big fiery crash will be in a los angeles courtroom today. ammar harris will attend an identification hearing, asking prosecutors to improve he is ammar harris before they can extradite him. it's not exactly clear who will be testifying at today's hearing. police say harris shot and killed oakland rapper kenny clutch cherry after a fight back on february 21st. >>> happening now, an urban village built on the grounds of an historic racetrack in san mateo is opening its doors. the bay meadows development includes almost 1,200 new homes, as well as office and retail space and 12 acres of parks and gardens. it's built on the bay meadows horse racetrack which opened back in 1934 and then closed in 2008. san mateo city officials are dedicating the bay meadows community park right now. the development officially opens to the public on saturday. >>> meteorologist christina loren joining us now. i guess it's no secret that winter is going out just with a beautiful bang. >> beautiful bang. and go fi
a deal including honorable discharge. >>> now to an nbc bay area follow-up, oakland's police chief is setting the record straight by a lawsuit followed by an accountant who claims the city wrongly arrested him. officers took him into custody on february 13th and he was later released and hasn't been charged. today howard jordan says that doesn't mean the arrest was unlawful or unwarranted. today investigators believe that van was at the scene of a crime and that they want to find other witnesses who can provide other information. the chief says when mistakes are discovered, the community can expect to follow through. but in this case van remains a named suspect. >>> it took two years, lots of money, two trials, lots of money and four years, but the long-running case against the san francisco police lab technician accused of stealing drugs ended today with a guilty plea. debra madden seen her in court sketches pled guilty to a reduced charge of possessing cocaine. it's a misdemeanor conviction to carry up to a year in prison. madden as you remember went to trial twice on the more se
the show. >>> oakland police are rolling out a new strategy they say for fighting crime in the city. the department is redrawing the district map switching from the current two police districts to five smaller districts. the first subdistrict will be in east oakland and should be in place by saturday. each district will be managed by two police captains responsible for community outreach and deploying the officers. >> this will be heavily focused on community input as well as input from others, businesses, it is a total team effort not just the police department. >> if the experiment works out in east oakland the program will roll out in other police districts, as well. the goal is to manage city resources and address high crime areas. >>> renters could have help revolving disputes with landlords over security deposits. after years of complaints that landlords were failing to return the deposits they are releasing a new bill. the bill would require interest payments on all held funds and would assess penalties if landlords kept the deposits without just cause. a senatet committee wi
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